Government welcomes smooth start to Voting Day

With Voting Day well underway, government has welcomed the smooth start to the 2019 National and Provincial Elections. In a statement on Wednesday, Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) said with the millions of South Africans having already cast their vote, is an affirmation of a strong and vibrant democracy. “We are encouraged that apart from a few exceptions, voting stations around the country started on time, and issues are being addressed as they arise. “The South African Police Service [SAPS], supported by the South African National Defence Force [SANDF]…

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Heavy rain kills 17 children in Uganda

Heavy rains have hit eastern Uganda destroying homes and crops, and leaving 17 children and one adult dead, the Red Cross says. “Now 18 people confirmed dead,” all but one of them children, in the village of Bulembo in the eastern district of Buyende, said Irene Nakasiita, the Red Cross spokeswoman. “Many buildings are blown away, others de-roofed, crops destroyed,” she said. “Teams on the ground couldn’t complete the assessment due to another heavy downpour in the same communities.” Others gave different death tolls from the fierce weather. Ugandan police…

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South Africa seeks means to boost SMMEs in SEZs

The Department of Small Business Development has commissioned a research study into opportunities and best practices for small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) within the Special Economic Zones Programme. The study will be concluded and approved in June. It will look at international best practice of SMMEs within SEZs in China and Singapore. Furthermore, the study will identify opportunities and modalities to realise opportunities for SMMEs and co-operatives in SEZs in South Africa, Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu announced on Thursday. “We are also studying the specific sectors and…

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Zimbabwe to pay compensation to white farmers

Zimbabwe is to start paying compensation this year to thousands of white farmers who lost land under former president Robert Mugabe’s land reform nearly two decades ago, the government said, as it seeks to bring closure to a highly divisive issue. Two decades ago Mugabe’s government carried out at times violent evictions of 4,500 white farmers and redistributed the land to around 300,000 black families, arguing it was redressing imbalances from the colonial era. But land reform still divides public opinion as opponents see it as a partisan process that…

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Nigeria, Ghana to explore new businesses

Nigeria and Ghana are set to explore more areas of business opportunities to further strengthen relations between both countries. Ghanaian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Rashid Bawa, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) when he received a business delegation from Ghana in Abuja. Bawa said the delegation from the Secondi-Takoradi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (STCCI) had visited the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry and was in Abuja to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). According to the Ghanaian envoy, the MoU is…

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India shoots down satellite in space

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India had shot down a satellite in space on Wednesday with an anti-satellite missile, hailing the test as a major breakthrough in its space program.Modi made the announcement in a television address to the nation. He said India would only be the fourth country to have used such an anti-satellite weapon after the United States, Russia and China.Such capabilities have raised fears of the weaponization of space and setting off a race between rival powers. “Some time ago, our scientists, shot down a live satellite…

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